Forget watching TV: Lilley’s Beach has it all
IF you want to kick back and relax, Paul Scott has the perfect place for you.
Mr Scott first went to Lilley's Beach in 2000 and takes his Nissan Patrol down to Boyne Island whenever he can.
"It's good for day trips and good for long weekends," he said. "Only 20 minutes from home."
Mr Scott fishtailed through the soft sand while he looked out the window at the passing cargo ships.
"Instead of watching TV at home you can be sitting around a fire and flicking a line out," he said.
"Why go to other places that are two hours away when you can come here?"
The water is inviting and the beach is peaceful.
Such a beautiful setting makes it hard to believe this slice of paradise is so close to the centre of Gladstone.
"There are rocks out in the water and you can wade out to them and go fishing," he said.
"You can guarantee that you will see a couple of turtles out there."
Lilley's Beach offers anglers a wide array of fish to catch from whiting, trevally, bream, barramundi and flathead.
"There are little fishing spots everywhere, lots of little gutters," he said. "It's a different place every time the tide goes out."
A permit to drive on Lilley's Beach costs $25 a year, and camping is only permitted at the northern end of the beach.